Highway bypass signs for Kiama and Gerringong

Kiama and Gerringong are amongst a small group of NSW towns to get the much envied highway bypass signs, to attract visitors driving both north and south.

While Kiama was bypassed by the Highway in 1987, Gerringong is still suffering the effects of the new highway improvements drawing many drivers past the town rather than using the coast route.

“Over time the Kiama Bypass has been positive for Kiama, and hopefully the Gerringong situation will sort it self out over time,” says the Chair of Destination Kiama.

“The sooner we get these signs up the better. They will be a great promotion for both towns.”

Along with the Gerringong Association, the tourism body lobbied strongly to be included in this latest round of RMS bypass signs, part of a State Government program to mitigate the effects of less trade in bypassed towns.

Community consultation is soon to be held to help with the process of deciding what image should be on the signs and where they should be located.

“We have already had some good suggestions, but I want to get more stakeholders involved,” says Cllr Brown.

The image needs to promote a unique aspect of the town or represent the area’s cultural heritage; feature contrasting colours; and be easily interpreted, amongst other things. Business owners and community members are invited to the sign consultation meetings detailed below.

The images are to be chosen in June, for endorsement at the June or July Council meeting.

Details: 5 June, Council Administration Building.
5-6pm – Kiama entry signs discussion
6.30-7.30pm – Gerringong entry signs discussion

 

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